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Portland State University

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (1)



The Vanport Extension Center opened its doors the summer of 1946 to 220 students, offering the first two years of college study.The institution survived a devastating flood in 1948 and was moved three times, ultimately residing at its current location in downtown Portland, Oregon, on the iconic South Park Blocks in 1952.


We are recognized throughout the world for programs like Urban Planning, Social Work, and Environmental Studies that directly engage the community, and aim our students towards the creation of a better, more sustainable world.


Nearly two decades ago, Portland State University embraced a new approach to education — one that made the community an active partner in the classroom. Students and faculty put theory to practice and work with businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies to solve real problems facing our region.Today, we are harnessing the strengths of community engagement to establish PSU as a leading urban research university. Through strong alliances with industry, government agencies, and other universities, we serve as a catalyst for innovation and prosperity for the region.


Career Center

A good education is more than a degree. Start a career that builds on your experience at Portland State. Do you need to work part-time while attending Portland State? Find student employment opportunities both on and off campus to help finance your education.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is proud to have our students refer to us as their home away from home. We provide immigration advising, life advising, programming and support for more than 2000 international students from nearly 100 different countries.

Housing services

We provide housing options for Portland State students while providing a unique living experience in Portland's urban environment through actively engaged residential communities that promote student success.

Portland State University and the University Housing Office are committed to reasonably accommodating people with disabilities in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Requests for accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. PSU policies that apply to accommodations in housing.

Library services

General & Reference

  • Ebooks
  • Government Information
  • Image Collections
  • Legal Resources
  • Maps & GIS
  • News
  • Portland & Oregon
  • Reference
  • Statistics & Data Sets
  • Streaming Film & Music
  • Test Preparation

ICT services

A range of software can be installed on PSU-owned computers using the Self Service Software tool. You can find a list of available software at Free Software for PSU-Owned Computers. This tool cannot be accessed from lab computers.

Medical services

We are a community-based health care organization that provides high quality, accessible mental health, physical health, dental services, and testing services targeted to the needs of the PSU student population.

Student Life

Campus life

Portland State's 49-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America's most vibrant centers of culture, business and technology.

Sports facilities

  • Providence Park - Home of Portland State Football
  • Peter W. Stott Center - Home of Portland State Volleyball, Mens & Women's Basketball
  • Gordon Faber Rec Complex - Home of Portland State Softball
  • Stott Community Field - Practice facility for Portland State Football, Soccer, and Softball
  • Hillsboro Stadium - Home of Portland State Women's Soccer
  • Langdon Farms Golf Club - Home of Portland State Women's Golf
  • Rooftop Tennis Courts - Practice facility for Portland State Mens & Women's Tennis
  • Morrow Academic Center - Computer lab and study area for Portland State student-athletes
  • Garrison Strength & Conditioning Center - Weight room and fitness center for Portland State student athletes


  • Portland State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Student Reviews

Pretty decent
David Yang rated 3 out of 5 stars

I was able to study abroad with more than adequate support. I also recieved two scholarships for this purpose. The administration has been for the most part very responsive to my needs. The courses and professors have been engaging.

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

PSU has an interesting dynamic because on the one hand there are many international students which can make it really engaging if you are someone who is interested in global perspectives. On the other hand, there also are many locals and people from rural areas in the US who don't seem to have had much experience interacting with people from other communities (even within...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello Everyone! I'm a sophomore currently at the University of Portland (not Portland State, my actual school didn't come up on the options not sure why) I love my school. At first, I wasn't too sure of it because it seemed so small and very religious. However, it isn't as small as it looks. The school is the perfect size. Classes range from 15-40 students and most profs...

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